The most harmful and damaging toxins we can expose ourselves to are negative emotions and thought patterns.
A toxic mind has the potential to cause the most harm because we are exposed to it on a continual basis.
Example of toxic emotions that contribute to dis-ease include: fear, guilt, shame, regret, judgement, resentment, and envy. These kinds of thoughts and emotions impact every cell in the body, making them potent poisons to our emotional, spiritual, and physical health.
I’m not suggesting that we should all be giddy and happy all the time and never experience a single moment of any of the toxic emotions I listed above. That isn’t realistic, nor is it healthy. What I am suggesting is that we become acutely aware of how we talk to ourselves and begin to understand the power held in that dialogue. That we work through uncomfortable emotions rather than identifying with them and feeling like we have to stay there.
When we are stuck on what we cannot control, we avoid taking responsibility, putting the blame on external circumstances. When we place blame, we avoid action.
However, you are the creative force of your own life. We each need to generate a sense of responsibility for our actions and happiness.
The way you respond to the things you cannot control will determine the trajectory of your life. How can we cultivate a positive perspective and shift from a mindset focused of lack to one of abundance?
- Catch yourself. Awareness is always step 1. When we know better, we can do better. Listen carefully to your self-talk and shut it down when it becomes judgemental or mean.
- Practice gratitude! Spending just a few minutes a day on gratitude will change your life. A simple daily practice helps remind us of how much we have to be thankful for and how truly blessed we are.
- Start a meditation practice. Busy minds are hard to tame. Meditation helps settle the mind so you can become more aware of the repetitive thoughts and will be more likely to pause instead of react when presented with triggers.
- Voice your thoughts. It’s important to work thru uncomfortable thoughts and emotions rather than suppress them. Find a mentor or coach you can unpack your junk with.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Toxic people are contagious. Avoid them. Instead, spend your time with people who are embracing the powerful role they play in their own happiness and are working on their stuff. Above all, be your own best friend.
“True wealth is having a healthy mind, body, and spirit. True wealth is having the knowledge to maneuver and navigate the mental obstacles that inhibit your ability to soar.”